Dear Guest

A number of significant changes have been top of mind for businesses lately, with new employment laws kicking in at the start of the month. Change is also afoot on a local level, with the Waimakariri District Plan under review and the local body elections in October, which will be here before we know it. We encourage all residents and business operators to get involved and have their say on these important local council issues. 

And of course, exciting changes are always taking place throughout the District with new businesses opening, a growing trend in shared office spaces and development underway at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Read on for more on what's been happening and what's coming up in North Canterbury. 

A reminder that the ENC Office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday as well as ANZAC Day. 

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO

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In Other News

  •  The Waimakariri District Plan is under review and the Waimakariri District Council is seeking feedback from interested parties. A consultation summary document ‘What’s the Plan?’ is currently available from all Council service centres and libraries and at series of informal drop-ins are being held for those interested in speaking directly with a staff member involved with the District Plan Review. All drop-in sessions are held from 5pm-7pm:
    - 15 April: Woodend Community Centre, Room A & B, 6 School Road, Woodend
    - 17 April: Ruataniwha Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
    - 1 May: Oxford Town Hall – Main Hall, 30 Main Street, Oxford
    - 2 May: Rangiora Town Hall – Function Room, 303 High Street, Rangiora
    - 17 April: Ruataniwha Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
    - 1 May: Oxford Town Hall – Main Hall, 30 Main Street, Oxford
    - 2 May: Rangiora Town Hall – Function Room, 303 High Street, Rangiora
    More information is available at your say by 5pm, Monday 6 May 2019. 

  •  A flurry of new businesses have opened their doors in North Canterbury recently: Wet & Forget New Zealand has a new location on Lineside Road, Rangiora; Country Villa Estate Bed & Breakfast has opened in Ohoka; Tyre General Rangiora has commenced business on Flaxton Road; and Boulder Burgers opened just after Christmas in Hanmer Springs. Welcome to all our new business operators. 

  • The mayoralty of both Hurunui and Waimakariri Districts as well as Kaikoura will be up for grabs in the October local body elections after all three mayors confirmed they will not stand for re-election. Read the full story here >> 

  • We sat down with Ray White Morris & Co Real Estate - ENC Sponsor and winner of the Hellers Emerging Business Award at the 2018 North Canterbury Business Awards - to learn about how far they've come and their secrets to success.
    See what they had to say >>

ENC Sponsor Profile

Hazeldine Construction has been successfully operating in North Canterbury for almost a decade. In that time the business has developed into a ten-strong team that is proud of its achievements in residential, commercial and lifestyle construction. Hazeldine Construction not only built ENC House, but has also been a Bronze Sponsor of ENC since the beginning. We are very grateful for their ongoing support and encourage you to contact the Hazeldine Construction team for all your residential and commercial construction projects.
Most business owners know they can leverage their social media campaigns around the big holidays, but there's an opportunity to be had surrounding a bunch of bizarre or little-known observance days that you may never have heard of. Whether it's Talk like a Pirate Day, Lefthanders Day or Cheese Lovers' Day, there are endless 'hashtag holidays' throughout the year for you to tap into and shape your social content around. Check out the full calendar from Hubspot. 
Whilst many of those on the list may be US-based, many are celebrated (or at least acknowledged) around the world.

Business Service Partners

IT Online
Started in North Canterbury, IT Online provides solutions for all business computer networks, cloud & mobile, business software, cyber security, eCommerce, business phone systems, IT planning and IT projects. Service and reliability are the cornerstones of who they are.
Get in touch with IT Online today for all your online business solutions. 

North Canterbury Business Services
As North Canterbury continues to grow and prosper at an unprecedented rate, North Canterbury Business Services Ltd recognises that such growth presents its own set of challenges and problems. Their aim is to provide the local help and support you need to succeed; letting you focus on what you do best: supporting your customers with products and services that are your expertise. Find out how North Canterbury Business Services can help you.  

About Business Service Partners 

All of our Business Service Partners are carefully vetted businesses who provide excellent services to North Canterbury businesses. We are proud to be associated with our Business Service Partners, all of whom have a proven track record in servicing local businesses. If you would like to talk about becoming an ENC Business Service Partner please download our Business Services Package or contact our Business Support Manager Miles Dalton.

Commercial Space in North Canterbury

The following commercial spaces are available for lease or sale in the North Canterbury region. Please contact the listed contact person for further information on each property. To advertise your property or space, please email with the details and an image.


Retail Space, Ravenswood

Ravenswood Retail

New, architecturally designed commercial premises to suit a range of retail tenants. Floor areas from 50sqm – 375sqm. Retail precinct completed early 2020. A great opportunity to get in on the ground floor with a location that will become a key commercial area for locals and commuters on SH1. 

Contact: Peter Brett

Phone: 021 323 800


Niche Shared Space, Rangiora

Rangiora's own co-working space suits business professionals no matter what stage they are at with their enterprise. Daily Hot Desk, Flexible Options (week by week) and Permanent Desk options. Level 1, 210 High St, Rangiora. Contact: 


Shared Office Space, Woodend

Shared Office Space, 61 Main North Road, Woodend. Tenancies ranging from $90/week to $240/week. 
View floor plan, sizes and prices here >> 

Contact: Andrew Wenborn 

Phone: 027 4323 132


Commercial Property, Amberley

A range of commercial lots are available in Amberley, through Farmlands Real Estate. Varying sizes, located between Courage Rd and Pound Rd. View the lots here 

Contact: Malcolm Garvan, Farmlands
Phone: 027 231 4425

Book Your Next Business Event

The ENC Business Centre in central Kaiapoi offers a modern, spacious, purpose-built conference room ideal for your next meeting, training or social function:
  • Full day: $295+GST
  • Half day: $195+GST
  • 2 Hours: $95+GST